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Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Comfort Ero was appointed Crisis Group’s Interim Vice President in January 2021. She remains Africa Program Director and was formerly West Africa Project Director. As Interim Vice President, Comfort assists the President in leading the Organisation’s programs, and represents Crisis Group to internal and external stakeholders. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London. Comfort also sits on the editorial board of various journals, including International Peacekeeping.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • Mediation
  • Peacekeeping
  • Transitional justice
  • Politics and international relations of Africa

Professional Background

  • Deputy Africa Program Director for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (2008-2010)
  • Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Mission in Liberia (2004-2007)
  • Project Director, West Africa Office, International Crisis Group (2001-2004)
  • Research Fellow, Conflict, Security & Development Group, Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, London (1999-2001)
  • Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1998-1999)
  • PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London

Languages

  • English (native)
  • French (conversant)
     

In The News

8 Jan 2020
Burkina is a gateway to coastal West Africa and there is a real concern that jihadist groups may see it as a launching pad to gain other footholds in the coastal region. Financial Times

Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa
31 May 2018
The AU is a bureaucratic body that has no immediate answers for the widespread support for third-termism by African leaders today. The body is missing in action in the matters of its member countries (and should) champion the aspirations of ordinary Africans. Lasentinel

Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa
15 Feb 2017
Despite the rise of new security structures in [Africa] the last few years, [they] haven't done much to change the [political] dynamic on the ground. All Africa

Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa
13 Oct 2016
We have to think very carefully about the use of violence [against Boko Haram], sometimes it is necessary, but it mustn’t aggravate the situation, rather it must help to reduce or resolve the conflict. Force should be used cautiously. Leadership

Comfort Ero

Interim Vice President & Program Director, Africa

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

Tshisekedi Consolidates Power in DR Congo

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Naz Modirzadeh and guest co-host Comfort Ero talk with Crisis Group’s Central Africa expert Nelleke van de Walle about the legal and political challenges holding back progress in DR Congo.

Podcast / Africa

Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis and Horn of Africa Politics

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and guest host Comfort Ero talk with Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa director, Murithi Mutiga, about the fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and mounting tension between Ethiopia and its neighbours Eritrea and Sudan.

Op-Ed / Africa

Lifting arms embargo could be catastrophic for South Sudan

With South Sudan’s peace process still far from secure, failure to renew a UN arms embargo set to expire this weekend could tip the country back into conflict. South Africa, sitting at the UN Security Council, should support its extension.

Originally published in Business Day

Open Letter / Africa

Open Letter to the Friends of Sudan

While Sudan has embarked on a path toward democratic and accountable government, economic fragility threatens to derail its transition. The Friends of Sudan should bolster the civilian-led administration with urgently-needed financial support and call for an African Union envoy to help keep the transition on track.

Commentary / Africa

Crisis Group On the Long Road to Kenya's August Elections

For the past twelve months, Crisis Group has closely monitored and assessed developments in the run-up to Kenya's 8 August 2017 election. In this letter to our readers, Africa Program Director Comfort Ero highlights Crisis Group's flagship Kenya publications that have helped inform stakeholders of looming threats and ongoing electoral issues.